The Barcelona Pavilion Just Installed Some Freakin’ Lasers…

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I thinks it’s fair to say that Dr. Evil had a point, and now Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich’s legendary 1929 Barcelona Pavilion will be reaping the benefits. This new laser light installation, titled Geometry of Light, was created by Luftwerk and Iker Gil, and aims to use light and sound to showcase the building’s architectural elements and materials. Since the structure is a shining example of the modernist/international style of architecture, its gridded/open plan and vertical planes allow the installed lights will develop a interpretive layer that re-imagines the pavilion through highlights, animates and traces along and past the travertine floor and steel-framed glass walls.

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The Albany by RKD Architects is NOT in Albany; It’s in Dublin. So, There You Go…

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The Albany, located in Dublin, Ireland and designed by RKD Architects, is a modernist-style pavilion (measuring at nearly 4,900 square feet) that aims to reinterpret the seaside villa house type. This visually distinct building — compared to the surrounding ones — is built on one corner of the build site and utilizes a varied mix of materials and features a new structure frames for viewing the nearby Dublin Bay.  The existing site was lowered to create a garden — while accessible from all of the building’s bedrooms — that would add seclusion and privacy to the site. The exterior showcases a reinforced concrete frame with seamless glass ribbon windows along the main upper floor, while seemingly floating above the lower level plinth; intentionally done to resemble the seawall and to evoke the Martello towers located along the local coastline.

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Some of The Diverse Contemporary Architecture of Africa…

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The diverse continent of Africa is also host to diverse architectural projects, but many people outside of the continent are unaware (save for probably Kere’s lovely structures based on the local vernacular). Thanks to a wonderful slideshow post by Victor Delaqua of ArchDaily, we can catch a glimpse of some of the varied contemporary design projects installed in Africa. Of the 18 selected buildings from Mr. Delaqua’s original post (from 14 countries), here are my 7 favorite architectural projects from that post. Continue reading “Some of The Diverse Contemporary Architecture of Africa…”

Sonic Forces Lets You Create Your Own Sonic Character; Excuse Me While I “SQWEEEEEEEEE”…

It’s probably not a secret that I’m a huge fan of Sonic the Hedgehog (here’s the damning proof, itself), so hearing that in one of the upcoming new Sonic games (other than the retro-tastic Sonic Mania, which, YES, I DID pre-order because I’m a sucker), you’d be able to create your own character to fight the forces of evil with Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic. Continue reading “Sonic Forces Lets You Create Your Own Sonic Character; Excuse Me While I “SQWEEEEEEEEE”…”

BOOS Beach Club Restaurant, the Best Old House & Japanese Origami-Inspired Bar & Grill in Luxembourg

Yup, that title pretty much tells it; there’s more to discuss, though. There now exists a modern and contemporary building with a new and iconic design, replacing the rather older BOOS Beach Club bar and restaurant. The newsest part of the building resembles folded sheets of paper– as it was influenced by Japanese origami art — is actually integrated around the existing triangular-shaped home to exist with the old and open to the local suroundings. Continue reading “BOOS Beach Club Restaurant, the Best Old House & Japanese Origami-Inspired Bar & Grill in Luxembourg”

Influential Italian Architect and Historian Leonardo Benevolo Passes Away at 93

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Late last week, it was reported by the Italian media that Leonardo Benevolo, one of the foremost architects, critics, and historians in Italy, passed away at his home on January 5th, 2017 in Brescia following a long illness. Benevolo was considered to be an extremely influential figure in architectural history, as he aimed to continuously examine the problems within our cities and the possibilities on how to solve them. Continue reading “Influential Italian Architect and Historian Leonardo Benevolo Passes Away at 93”

The Farnsworth House – Doc’D #45

In this month’s architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the iconic Farnsworth House, designed by legendary architect, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. Continue reading “The Farnsworth House – Doc’D #45”

Here’s Atelier of Architects’ Saengthai Rubber Headquarters

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This 2015 building is the epitome of modern architecture; plain-looking (or boring to some) while still being elegant in its simplicity of design and materiality. The Saengthai Rubber Headquarters building (which is basically in the form of two boxes wrapped with a black concrete frame) is located in front of a 50-year-old factory compound on Poochaosamingprai Road — say that five times fast — in Samut Prakan, Thailand, Bangkok’s historical industrial development area. The building’s expressive gesture is part of a strategy to use it as a symbolic gateway to the district. Continue reading “Here’s Atelier of Architects’ Saengthai Rubber Headquarters”

Robie House – Doc’D #41

In this month’s architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, design characteristics and lasting legacy of Robie House, one of the premiere houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Continue reading “Robie House – Doc’D #41”